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    • Texas 4-H Livestock Mentor Training July 25-27, 2008 Sam Womble County Extension Agent Victoria County 4-H Swine Facilities & Project Check List
    • First Things First
      • What are the basic needs of a pig?
        • Space
          • 150 sq. ft./pig
        • Nutrition
          • fresh supply of feed and water
        • Shelter
          • protection from extreme weather conditions
    • Facilities
      • Be a good neighbor
        • Check deed restrictions and zoning laws before you begin construction
      • Plan ahead
        • Can you utilize an existing structure?
        • Consider costs
        • Functional, not necessarily elaborate
    • Facilities
      • Electricity
        • Outlets need to be in a safe location
      • Ceiling height / Ventilation
        • Temperature
      • Flooring
        • Be cautious of slick, smooth surfaces (texture)
      • Storage
        • Feed, equipment, supplies
    • Geographic Location
      • South Texas
        • COLD
          • Warm and dry
          • Bedding, lamps, ect…
        • HEAT
          • Utilize shade, fans, misters, prevailing wind, sand
          • Avoid mud holes
    • Soil Type and Drainage
      • Soil type
        • High sand content as opposed to a silt or clay soil
      • Drainage
        • Slope
          • 1 ft. slope/ 100 ft.
        • Base material to build up elevation
    • Accessibility
      • Walking distance of your house
        • Convenience
          • spend more time at the barn
          • enjoyed more by youth, family and friends
      • Trailer access for loading/unloading
      • Alley ways
        • Have gates that open across alley ways to make sorting and penning easier
    • Waste Disposal
      • Pens should be cleaned daily
        • Aid in controlling insects, disease, odor
        • Carry waste away from pens
        • Compost pile
    • Project Check List
      • Schedule your visits
      • Bio-security
      • Pay attention to and inquire about the following:
        • Facilities (clean, functional)
        • General animal health
        • Feeding schedule
        • Fresh water
        • Weight
        • Showmanship
    • Summary
      • The “Little Things”
        • The little things done at home each day can be the difference between a premium and a floor check.
      • Remember what our purpose is
        • People are willing to help
        • Enjoy what you do, you’re making a DIFFERENCE !